A tenth of NHS buildings are switching to 100 per cent clean electricity, management firm NHS Property Services has announced
The NHS is responsible for around five per cent of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, making decarbonising healthcare key if the UK is to meet its 2050 net zero target
More than 10 per cent of the NHS estate is to switch to 100 per cent renewable electricity from April as part of a landmark deal, NHS Property Services (NHSPS) announced yesterday.
The green electricity will be provided as part of two new energy contracts signed by the firm, with British Gas’s business arm set to provide 100 per cent renewable electricity and Corona to provide natural gas to all NHS properties across England by April 2020.
NHSPS is responsible for around 11 per cent of the NHS estate, managing more than 3,500 properties including hospitals, health centres, and GP surgeries.
The move to 100 per cent renewable electricity will offset more than 40,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, the firm said, adding that the switch to clean electricity would not increase costs to tenants or the NHSPS itself.
“Switching to 100 per cent renewable electricity for all our buildings is a landmark moment in efforts to transform our NHS portfolio into a sustainable estate,” said Martin Steele, chief operating officer at NHS Property Services.
“We take our responsibility towards reducing the environmental impact of our buildings very seriously. This move will also help us to improve the wellbeing of our people and patients whilst reducing NHS operating and maintenance costs.”